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Downtown Lawrence sculpture exhibit to receive boost in city funding to celebrate 25th year; entries now being accepted

Chad Lawhorn

This year will mark 25 years of walking around a corner in downtown Lawrence and saying “What the . . .” I’m talking about the 25th Annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition. (Although, it is downtown Lawrence, so I could be talking about any number of things.) But pieces of sculpture ...

Recreation center debate causes commissioner to question 'relevance' of Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods; other notes from last night's Rock Chalk Park meeting

Chad Lawhorn

There will be all types of shots taken at the proposed Rock Chalk Park and the city’s $25 million recreation center. There will be bank shots, hook shots, 33-foot three-point shots, that come up three feet short, taken by my teammate who never passes the ball. You get the idea. ...

Petition to stop downtown parking garage expansion draws less than 15 percent support

Chad Lawhorn

There soon will be about 70 more ways for my wife to get an overtime parking ticket in downtown Lawrence, and a majority of downtown property owners seem happy about it. In fact, a pretty big majority, it seems. If you remember, city commissioners have been waiting for the results ...

City staff prepares report on downtown properties that may become targets for redevelopment

Chad Lawhorn

Soon enough, you’ll start seeing big changes in downtown Lawrence. Construction work already is underway on a $19 million library expansion, work on a multistory hotel at the southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire should begin any day, and by summer work likely will be ongoing for a multistory ...

Lawrence attorney likely to file for seat on Lawrence City Commission

Chad Lawhorn

Another day, another Lawrence City Commission candidate. [I reported yesterday][1] that I expect Dr. Terry Riordan to file for a seat on the commission, and I still think that will happen today. But now I’ve also been told that a Lawrence attorney is set to throw his name into the ...

Lawrence Chamber of Commerce takes official stance in favor of $25M recreation center, proposed Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

It sure feels like the proposal to build a $25 million city recreation center as part of a public-private Rock Chalk Park in northwest Lawrence is entering a new phase. Another large community group has taken a formal position on the project. This time, it is the Lawrence Chamber of ...

Work on new West Lawrence Starbucks progressing; developers still looking for other tenants for the building

Chad Lawhorn

“Wwwwhen is that ddddrive-through Ssstarbbbucks going to open?” That’s the type of jittery e-mails and comments I’ve been getting regarding a new drive-through Starbuck’s in West Lawrence. It has been [more than a year now][1] since we first reported that a Starbucks was slated to be built on the northwest ...

Lawrence physician Terry Riordan likely to file for seat on City Commission

Chad Lawhorn

The clock is now really ticking on folks who are thinking about running for one of three seats up for election on the Lawrence City Commission. The deadline for candidates to file is noon Jan. 22. For several weeks now I’ve been hearing a new name as a potential candidate ...

News and notes from Saturday morning's forum on proposed recreation center and Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

How about a special Saturday edition of Town Talk. The citizens group Cadre Lawrence hosted a public forum on the proposed recreation center and Rock Chalk Park project for northwest Lawrence Saturday morning. Not a whole lot of new information came out of the forum. The panel was made up ...

Land transfers for week ending Dec. 31, including sales of apartment complexes and Massachusetts Street property

Chad Lawhorn

As far as New Year’s resolutions go, this one is pretty lame, but I’m going to try to be more consistent in posting weekly Douglas County land transfers. (Yes, it was kind of awkward shouting that resolution as I sprayed Champagne at the crack of midnight while at my neighbor’s ...

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